UEFA rejects Schalke protest over Matip's red card

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NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- UEFA has rejected a protest by Schalke against a red card shown to defender Joel Matip after he conceded a penalty in a Europa League match against FC Twente.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel upheld the decision by Scottish referee Craig Thomson in the first leg of the last 16 match in the Netherlands last Thursday.

UEFA says Schalke can appeal the ruling, which leaves Matip suspended for the return match in Germany on Thursday.

Television pictures showed that Matip made no contact with Twente forward Luuk de Jong, who fell into the Schalke penalty area in the 61st minute.

De Jong scored from the penalty spot and Twente won 1-0.